TeleBreather™

TeleBreather™ is a remote, electronic, handheld device that you use at home to test how well your lungs are working. It accurately measures various volumes of air you can forcibly expel from your lungs during exhalation, as well as the speed with which you exhale. SHL Telemedicine provides this device as part of its telemedicine service to those of its users suffering from respiratory problems and/or from chronic lung conditions affecting air movement in the lung’s small airways, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Anyone can use this small, lightweight device, which requires no special training. It is ready for immediate use and requires no user adjustment. It is low maintenance and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery.

Along with TeleBreather, and as part of the service, you will also receive an SHL Central Communication Module (CCM™).

The CCM from SHL Telemedicine is an innovative telecommunication device that transmits medical data from TeleBreather and other SHL medical monitoring devices to our telemedicine centers.

TeleBreather is designed to transmit over an Internet connection, cellular platform, or regular landline. The choice of transmission method will depend on the type of communication available. The CCM can communicate with SHL telemedicine devices via Bluetooth, serial communication or USB. It also works with VoIP. The CCM encrypts and automatically transmits the data measured by TeleBreather to the monitoring center for storage in the user’s personal health record.

If the values deviate from the patient’s individual thresholds, an alarm will be triggered causing the medical staff at the monitoring center to contact the patient to establish what might have triggered the deviation. They will then assess and take the steps necessary to bring the individual back to acceptable values. This is an essential component of our chronic disease monitoring solution and one that keeps our users in more stable condition than they would be if left to cope on their own.

The CCM’s impressive functionality is due to SHL’s many years of home-based telemedicine transmission experience. The CCM:

• Is a compact, stylish “plug and play” device
• Has no control buttons, as there is no need for user intervention
• Has sufficient internal memory for retaining large amounts of data
• Has quality control software that verifies data integrity and encrypts it before transmission
• Serves as the recharger for TeleBreather and other SHL measuring devices, so there should be no need to replace their lithium batteries
• Can be remotely configured and its software updated

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